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    Claypple got a reaction from Sharon P in Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes   
    Love this combo. What is on top? And is it layered over the Ancient Jasper?
     
     
    Blue Rutile at the top (4 thick coats)
    Ancient Jasper at the bottom.
    No layering. Maybe just a little bit where these two meet each other, but I do not see the effect of that at all.

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    Claypple got a reaction from ruddhess in Commercial glazes: good experience   
    Laguna "Desert Sand" and "Peacock"
    Duncan "Sephia Brown"
    Coat&Stroke "Java Bean" and "Blue Grass"
    Coyote "Red Gold"
     
    No overlaying. 


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    Claypple got a reaction from DyAnn in Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes   
    Love this combo. What is on top? And is it layered over the Ancient Jasper?
     
     
    Blue Rutile at the top (4 thick coats)
    Ancient Jasper at the bottom.
    No layering. Maybe just a little bit where these two meet each other, but I do not see the effect of that at all.

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    Claypple reacted to Wyndham in Problem Centering   
    Must'av been that pottery infomercial at 3 am with the chop o matic and the spray hair in a can. They just suck the money outta you at that time of morning, no will power at all.
    That's my story and I'm sticken to it.
    Wyndham
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    Claypple got a reaction from OffCenter in Failure Is Fine   
    I was just recently thinking how lucky I am WITH the mistakes! 
    1) Pulled the cylinder too fast once: got a beautiful curve! Looks great!
    2) Another cylinder collapsed: I tucked it in and got a double bowl. Cannot repeat it again.
    3) Pulled the corners of the slab too much. Wanted to smash it back to the ball, but wait ... doesn't it look like a color of the coat?  (This is how the series of my "coat vases" started.)
    4) Had some clay scraps, was about to toss it, but noticed it looked like a whale on the wave. Kept it.
     
    There is actually a test done by psychiatrists, called "Rorschach test". They show you inkblots that actually have no meaning and ask you what you see in them. They then analyze your interpretation. So what I see in crooked bowels or a bended plates of mine reminds me that test. The problem is, I am more successful when I make the mistakes! 
     
    So, my question is: Do the professional artists still practice accidental art, or it is just a beginner's thing?
    Is your the most successful work was a result of your imagination (Jim, I mean WITHOUT taking  hydrocodone/vicodin!) or it happened by accident?  
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    Claypple reacted to OffCenter in Inspiration, Where Do You Seek It?   
    Basically what Benzine posted. Vacodin, Oxycontin, etc. It's basically a harmless drug except that it is often combined with acetaminophen (Tylenol) which is very dangerous. What hydrocodone does in the brain to shut down pain also helps the right side of the brain to not be bullied as much by the left side of the brain, enhancing creativity. In some people it causes a burst of creative excitement.
     
    Jim
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    Claypple reacted to OffCenter in Materials to press into clay for random texture   
    No. Saggers in elect kilns do almost nothing to prevent the heavy carbon smoke from getting on the elements, so sagger firing would be more damaging to the elements than any material added to clay because, most likely, you're burning a lot more material in a sagger or saggers than the stuff you stick into clay. But, with that said, I don't think even firing two or three saggers with a couple of pounds of sawdust or coffee grounds in them is very harmful to the elements. I've been doing it for years.
     
    Jim
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    Claypple reacted to Benzine in For New Folks, Red Is Not Santa Suit Red, Usually   
    bciskepottery posted information saying that Amaco glazes labeled with the "fork and knife" symbol contain no raw cadmium.  So if a red has this symbol, it would have no raw cadmium.  As I said, I have used several of these, in my classroom.
     
    Yes, they might contain encapsulated cadmium, but this is something that is far from being the expensive, overly toxic ingredient, your opening post made it out to be. 
     
    Also, you said "Information and facts are not opinions".  But then you say, that you choose to believe, that cadmium based glazes, should not be used for food.  But if they are tested as being safe, then that belief is indeed simply an opinion. 
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    Claypple reacted to OffCenter in For New Folks, Red Is Not Santa Suit Red, Usually   
    Unfortunately, Oldlady, you massacred the facts. As Claypple points out there are plenty of red glazes, even reds brighter than Santa Claus's coat, that are safe for dishes.
     
    Not including me in a post to beginners has nothing to do with your perpetuation of the myth of the superiority of atmospheric firings over electric firings or the false claim that:
     
    "potters who fire fuel burning kilns can get wonderful colors and flashing of golden highlights in their iron rich glazes.  these effects are generally not available to those of us firing electric, lower temperature kilns."
     
    In fact, effects equal to and superior to reduction firings are generally available to anyone smart enough to program a few holds and slow ramp downs on an electric kiln.
     
    Jim
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    Claypple got a reaction from Pompots in For New Folks, Red Is Not Santa Suit Red, Usually   
    Oldlady, what made you post this bitter-out-of-frustration post anyway?
    Looks like out of nowhere. 
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    Claypple got a reaction from OffCenter in Electric Kiln Design: 'bucket' Or 'box' Preference?   
    Do you make square bowls? No. Does the heat from the elements stops at the corners? No.
    That is why the "bucket" kilns are more efficient than the "box" kilns.
    (And that is why everybody should be obligated to take a science class while in school!)
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    Claypple got a reaction from OffCenter in Re-Glazing A Broken Piece--Possible?   
    That is why you will never be a Moderator! You just killed the whole thread!
    Imagine people are waisting their time trying to help Puzzlebox with his scientific project,
    giving one stupid advice after another, but YOU JUST NAILED IT! What a bummer!
    Now you will never get a cash in the envelope or a new car as a newly appointed Moderator.  
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    Claypple reacted to OffCenter in Re-Glazing A Broken Piece--Possible?   
    I would use duct tape.
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    Claypple got a reaction from OffCenter in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    This video is hilarious! If we had the "like" button showing you the number of times somebody liked it (like we had before), you would get 20+.
     
    Talking of which; Moderator, we also need the buttons like: "I didn't like it at all", "What are you talking about?!" , "Wow, that is really crazy", and "I cannot believe I am reading it!".
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    Claypple reacted to OffCenter in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Off topic but since Pugaboo is having problems wedging I thought she might get a kick out of a neat way to clean the inside side of her computer screen: http://songdrops.com/pug-licking-screen-clean/
     
    Jim
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    Claypple got a reaction from Diane Puckett in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Holy cow! You kept the gun powder closer to the kiln?! Actually, don't you think it was a good thing that you were NOT watching your kiln?   
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    Claypple reacted to emptynester in What direction is your wheel spinning?   
    I'm a righty. When I took my first pottery class I was having limited success. I made several soggy lumps of clay then switched to hand building just to have something to fire. One night I suddenly was able to center and pull up a cylinder. I was elated and as the instructor came around I proudly showed her my results. She noticed right away that I had the wheel going "the wrong way". I have been throwing clock wise ever since. I have no trouble watching and learning from counter-clockwise instruction. My instructor has not tried to "correct" my backwardness.
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    Claypple reacted to Chris Campbell in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    I don't need that tool as I only buy pre-centered clay.
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    Claypple got a reaction from Nancy S. in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Holy cow! You kept the gun powder closer to the kiln?! Actually, don't you think it was a good thing that you were NOT watching your kiln?   
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    Claypple got a reaction from Sheilac in What direction is your wheel spinning?   
    As a lefty who throws with the wheel going clockwise, I disagree slightly with this. I have no problem learning from others who throw counter-clockwise--the key for me at least is to just sit opposite them to watch. But then, like most leftys, I am very very used to living in a right-handed world, and forcing myself to translate techniques, etc., on a daily basis. translating throwing techniques is NOTHING compared to fighting with a 3-ring binder.
     
     
     
    I agree with you. Converting the image while learning is a good healthy challenge for your brain.
    Actually, we all do it when we are watching somebody when we are in front of the person. (I mean, his left is on your right, etc)
     
    I appreciate all of the above concerns and advices, though.
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    Claypple got a reaction from Cyndi in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Agree with this one, although I do play with it a little before I throw it. Just to shake it and  wake it up.
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    Claypple got a reaction from OffCenter in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Splash pan. Simply look at Jim: he was swearing he would never use one, and guess what? Just the last week he admitted he started using it a lot after his roof started leaking (to catch the water). So, never say never! 
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    Claypple got a reaction from Diane Puckett in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    Another myth: If you are right-handed, you must spin your wheel counter-clockwise, "because we said so!"
    I would rephrase: "Because we, ourselves, don't know how to do it clockwise". 
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    Claypple reacted to Karen B in What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?   
    I was told many years ago that the pre-made clay from a bag had to be wedged before using. This year I took a workshop in which the teacher told us that was bunk. Well I have now thrown from many bags of clay without wedging, with no problems at all.
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    Claypple reacted to Chris Campbell in Broken :(   
    With a HUGE SMILE I will offer that a lot of pottery RULES and myths come from expediency rather than hard scientific fact. Which doesn't mean some are not also true, but how does one know ..... Hmmm ... Should start a new topic re: what is the most outrageous, false pottery rule you ever heard.
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